Businesses score with Red Wings playoff game

Game will bring 20,000 fans into downtown

Published On: Apr 14 2012 11:27:44 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 14 2012 11:32:52 PM EDT
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Businesses are opening early for the fans headed to the Red Wings playoff game.

Game three with Nashville moves to Detroit on Sunday with a face-off at noon. The game will be live on Local 4 and the teams are even with one victory each. The game will bring 20,000 fans into downtown and bars and restaurants know how to cater to the sports crowd.

“I can’t wait. It should be busy. I’m excited for it,” said Mark Ryan at Harry’s.

Good service, quick and free parking with a shuttle is the business model. This playoff game is a bonus to the bottom line.

“Oh, it’s huge. Even when the Wings are out of town, fans come down for the game anyway” said Gerald Schmitz at Bookies Bar.

The businesses will open early, most at 10 a.m.

The popular places get this kinds of rush several times a year as Detroit Tiger games bring in more than 40,000 fans 81 times a year and Lions games are almost double that.

Sunday brunch has a different meaning with this playoff atmosphere.

“We’ll have over 50 beers on tap and a great barbeque. And we’ll have an incredible bloody Mary buffet also!” exclaims Omar Mitchell of Rubs BBQ.